21st World Scout Jamboree

The 21st World Scout Jamboree in 2007 was held in the summer of 2007 and was a part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Scouting. The storage place in England was chosen Park in London due to its proximity to the location of the first Scout camp ( 1907 on Brownsea Iceland near Poole ) and the World Scout Centre Gilwell. The Jamboree was held at twelve days between 27 July and 8 August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.

More than 40,000 Scouts from 158 of the World Organization of the Scout Movement ( WOSM ) recognized National Federations took part in the camp.

Purpose of the Jamboree

The first Jamboree took place in 1920 in Kensington Olympia in London. Since that time were held at intervals of four years, interrupted only 1937-1947 due to World War II and 1975-1983 due to the political instability in Iran. The camp took place in many countries of the world, but so far have never been to Africa.

The Jamboree should allow adventures and promote international friendships and the development of young people.


Participate on 21 Jamboree were all members of member organizations of the WOSM 14-17 years old ( date is 27 July 2007) and same-age dependents of member organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, if the national WOSM member organization of the participation agrees. The costs of participation were directed by the classification of the country into income groups. Indeed, European participants were required to raise a four-digit euro amount, while participants were able to participate from poorer countries, in particular Africa, for a few hundred dollars to the same conditions. Due to the different economic strength this sum, however, relativized so that economic burden for the participants was roughly comparable.

In addition to the young people took a lot of adults in part, on the one hand as a troop manager for the care and support of young people, on the other hand, as part of the International Service Team (IST), or the Jamboree Organising Team ( JOT ) / Jamboree Delivery Team ( JDT ) is a diverse to offer the program. Each National Federation could choose for yourself which of its members are allowed to travel to the Jamboree.

Day visitors of all ages could, for a fee and on certain days, also visit the site. For reasons of protection of personal belongings is the access to the individual sub camps, ie the area in which the participants live and cook prohibited for day visitors, but they can otherwise participate in all program activities on the site.

The 21th Jamboree was not the largest scout camp so far, participated in 1929 in Birkenhead on Coming of the Age Jamboree over 50,000 Scouts in part. However, since the many days visitors significantly increased the number of participants, it is the largest Boy Scout event since the birth of the Movement in 1907.


The theme was One World, One Promise ( One world, one promise ). It thus refers to the worldwide spread of the Scout Movement and the Scout Promise as a common basis of all scouts.


Since June 18, 2007 was the official Jamboree song " Jambo " available on CD and as a digital download. The aim of the organizers was to promote the song at number one in the UK charts. The revenue thus collected were forwarded to the WOSM.


Some of the main activities:

  • World Village: A large area of ​​the dedicated World Village, where participants could experience creativity, technologies and cultures.
  • The Gilwell Adventure: Adventurous and challenging activities in Gilwell Park
  • Global Development Village: Together with experts from the UN and other organizations, some of the main problems of mankind can be discussed and dealt with in workshops.
  • Starburst: One day, the participants should improve in various projects outside the site the living conditions of the population in the surrounding villages. An example of this was the liberation of a six- mile long railway line of debris and overgrowth, at the end was a ride on a real steam locomotive.
  • SPLASH: Participants were performed for a day in the Alton Water reservoir to take part in various activities on water. Whether sailing, canoeing, water ball hung alone on the personal preference of the participants.

Rehearsal EuroJam

As a rehearsal for the 2005 Jamboree EuroJam 2005 was held at the same camp. At this camp was attended by 10,000 scouts. The organization of the Jamboree has been tested in practice, about the influence of these crowds on the environment and the supply of the participants.

In this example, the world's largest order over the Internet from a supermarket was abandoned; the delivery was finally through several trucks with trailers. Should the organizers decide to Jamboree 2007 to order again on the Internet, this record would be broken again.

After the Jamboree

After the departure of the participants on August 8, the organizers had until 15 August 2007 to restore the park to its original state. After the transfer to the organizers of V Festival took place.